About the artist Sylke von Gaza
* 1966 Hamburg
Sylke von Gaza was inspired by the paintings of Cimabue, which impressed her in the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi. "Energy pervades the subject there," says Gaza. She endeavours to convey this in her abstract and monochrome art, and masterfully succeeds. After Sylke von Gaza spent three years painting only in grey, she now expresses herself through luminescent paintings in red, crimson and purple. She has entitled these pieces red veil, grey veil and purple veil and they do indeed convey the feeling that she has drawn the veil from the colour, allowing the colour itself to be the primary means of expressing energy. Two-part paintings are created in oil on large formats, now exclusively square in shape, indicating horizons that encompass an incredible abundance of motion and emotion. "Though I showed horizons, I do not represent landscapes themselves but rather the emotions that landscapes evoke," explains the artist, known for her emotional, passionate and dynamic brushstrokes and for working in series. Von Gaza, who studied under Sean Scully, believes that a certain form of expression can only be conveyed through the energy of the painter – through her focus, repetitions and release. She works in countless layers of colour on a Venetian base, which reveal the artist's energy in her creative process. For Sylke von Gaza the journey is the destination. "I am liberating myself from the cliché of art in order to work towards the essence of painting," she says.
Lenbach Haus added one of her profound and exciting works to its collection in 2009.